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Following Jesus in Everyday Life

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Well thank you for joining us. Wherever you are. However you are joining us. Joining us on line welcome requests from the world. My first song this morning a request from Bulgaria. That's our request then the first. My first. You have a special request at our website. Org Click on the Contact Us link to tell us where you're from well in the coming sabots our next song this morning our final part first. No. Thank you for singing the song this morning and will continue in this little and Dear Heavenly Father we thank you so much for your holy Sabbath day and this morning we thank you so much for our parents and thank you for our church and Lord that we can show love to one another because you showed it to us. We ask that you study with us this morning as we open your word and bring us all the blessings that you long to give us his best blessed Pastor Chris in Jesus' name we pray. Are less than thirty this morning will be brought to us by Pastor Chris battery. Our senior pastor at SAC central church. Thank you very much Course and happy Sabbath to everyone here. What a beautiful song that was that was the first time I've sung that one as well and what a great message we're talking about the cycle ship in today's lesson and what greater example of demonstration of discipleship than what takes place in the home. The loving Cheatle it of the parents of mum and dad. Would like to welcome you and those that are joining us as well. Glad you tuning in we want to make sure that you do call in for your free offer it's often a two one five two three. Don't forget to put a C. in front of that essential study Al and that just call into nine one six four five seven sixty five eleven or e-mail us at C S I. At SEC central G. and this offer is for those in North American territories only I'm afraid but those that are in this territory. Feel free to grab those that are outside you can still access this material by going to our website SEC Central dot a lot of G. It's all there all subscribing to our You Tube channel sold there as well. And so we're glad you're joining us. If you're tuning in from wherever you're tuning in from here in the States Canada around the world. Let us know how you are enjoying the programs and how they've been a blessing to you. We love to hear from you. Well we're going to launch right in and go right into our study it's. Lesson Number ten. And really as I mentioned it's on discipleship the title of the lesson. Is following Jesus in every day life following Jesus every day life and of course with going through the book of Luke the memory text. It's found in Luke Chapter seventeen those five and it says the the Apostles said to the Lord. It was increase our faith increase our faith in the present the assumption being that God has given us a measure of faith but we're asking the Lord to increase that faith you say. Have you have a met someone who claimed to be something but then acted another way have you ever encountered someone who contradicted what they said they believed. Perhaps I think of a person who is a huge fan of a certain sports team for example. But then turns on the team when they lose several games in a road bad sports right. Think of a more serious problem. We often hear of stories of women. Who are abused by men who claim they love them and today in the news those those things are reversed men are being abused by the women that say they claim. They love them. If one's actions contradict one's words which is true the words or the actions. You are on the ball here. Matthew chapter seven and those twenty Jesus said they're full by their fruits you will know them you'll know them by their fruits in Christ's eyes. It is out actions which speak to what we believe. Actions determine who we're following. What we're what we're all about rather than what we simply say John chapter and verse thirty one. You can write it down. Jesus said to those Jews who believed him. If you abide in my word. If you have bought in my word you are my disciples indeed. And so you to be a disciple of Jesus is to follow the words of Jesus not just simply say we do but to actually follow the words of Jesus. I want to just read here on the on Sabbath afternoons lesson I like the way the author kind of summarizes and launches into the lesson he says though a great teacher. Jesus did not establish a school of theology all philosophy his purpose was to say can save that which was lost. We talked about that last week. He came to reveal the character of God a revelation that culminated in the cross where he not only showed humanity an unfolding world that God was what God was really like but he also paid the penalty for San so that human beings despite the fallen nature could be reading in doing this. He also created a redeemed community a community of those who having being saved by his death have chosen to model his life and teachings the coal to be part of this redeemed community is a call not to a preferred status in life but to an absolute allegiance to the one he calls to Christ himself what he says becomes the disciples a lot of life that you catch that like the way he said that what Jesus says becomes the law of the disciple of Jesus life. What he desires becomes the disciples sole purpose in life. No amount of out what goodness or doctrinal perfection can take the place of total allegiance to Christ and His will and then he closes by saying discipleship which we owe exclusively to the IN THE WHILE IN Christ makes certain imperative requirements. No competition and no substitutes permitted and so when we when we. Christ as our Savior we also accept Him as Lord and what Jesus says and his desires for us we embrace we accept and we follow on to know the world. That's what it means to abide in the world we follow him to know the Lord we do His will and this is a work that is done in a story the working of the mighty power of the third the purpose of the Godhead the Holy Spirit. That's right. It's we let God work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. You see. It was called bath. He said this these interesting words he said the word became flesh and then through theologians it became words again. Jesus' life and ministry is to be imitated by the followers of Jesus. However sometimes the followers of Jesus are more intent on professing and proclaiming what the life of a Christian ought to look like rather than focusing on living that life. That's what he means here. Theologians have taken the Word made flesh and and they've just become simple words again Christ redeemed us to not speak a lot of good words but to glorify the father's name through good works and I'm just a little paraphrase of a phase in chapter two and verse ten. We are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for lot or to good works and in doing that. Matthew chapter five sixteen when we glory. We glorify the Father. If we let our light so shine before men that they may see oh good works we glorify God So the call of a disciple is not to speak a lot of good words per se although that is a part of being a disciple of Jesus but more importantly to model and imitate the life of Jesus. Someone said Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the in Jesus Christ and equipped by the Holy Spirit who resides in our hearts. To overcome self sin and Satan and become more Christ like. I just condensed it to to say discipleship is to walk and imitate walk with and imitate Jesus. That's discipleship in a nutshell. So in light of that. Let's go to Sunday's lesson because that's what we're talking about following Jesus in everyday life walking with him you know it's interesting if you look at the travel the places that Jesus walked did Jesus walk alone many times he didn't who were following him his disciples surely and there were others and sometimes crowds. Thronged follow Jesus Jesus walked and he had the close companionship of his disciples to be a disciple is to walk with Jesus and you could say literally the disciples of Jesus walked with Jesus. I mean they every way Jesus when they went. I don't know how many miles if it would be calculated how many miles Jesus actually walked but we know that they walked with him for three and a half years and and so his disciples that walked with Jesus. If we are disciple of Jesus. Guess what we would walk with Jesus walk to walk with Jesus as well. So a couple of things this lesson brings out this week's lesson brings out and we're going to talk about those with reference to discipleship the first one is is Sundays lessons Sundays lesson fully from the Pharisaism flee from fire Pharisaism. The gospels apparently refer to the Pharisees about eighty times and twenty five of those times is found in the Gospel According to Luke and you want to turn in there with me because we're going to go right over to Luke in just a few moments who were the Pharisees who were the Pharisees. Well the conquest of the ancient East by Alexander the Great was followed by by a more permanent culture cultural invasion by Greek language. Greek culture. Greek religion beliefs and ideas. Eventually a fellow by the name name of Antioch as appear phonies sought to Hellenized the Jews but that met some stiff opposition later there was a tendency among the upper crust of Jewish society who primarily lived outside of palate the Palestinian region to adopt Greek culture but there were Jews inside a lot of the Jews within Judeo within Palestine who clung to nice Asli to the customs and traditions and religion of their forefathers in opposition to this Greek influence. I conservative movement arose and named the Hassidim. Which means the pious ones. The Pharisees whose name simply means separatists owed their origin to the Hassidim and they first appeared as a political party in the second century B.C. about one hundred twenty B.C. Now someone has Luke Chapter eleven verses thirty seven to fifty four. We've got a couple of big readings today right over here. OK fabulous. Luke Chapter eleven verses thirty seven to fifty four. So I think you. For hearing me here today we've got quite a few big readings we're going to come to you in just a just a couple of moments Luke Chapter eleven verses thirty seven to fifty four. So the Pharisees became a political party in the second century B.C. The Pharisees were the popular. They what the author docs majority party in essence and they were known for their rigid and it was rigid adherence to the law. And and also for their reluctance to be involved in civic duties they feared that if they did they'd become contaminated by society around them. Now that doesn't mean that they weren't integrated or didn't have a sway in society. They certainly did. But I didn't want to get involved in civic duties I believe that if the Jews would rely on God then God would work for. His people in for the deliverance. So the Pharisees were students of the law and as such they were the party of the scribes or they were the party of the theologians and were popular in the days of Jesus popular spiritual gods. And apparently they were very successful in proselytizing in getting people over to join their point of view in their their ideas you say. So let's talk a little bit about the Pharisees of Jesus' day we have Luke Chapter eleven verses thirty seven to fifty four. Thank you look at eleven versus thirty seven to fifty four. And he spoke a certain fire is the same to dine with him so he went and set down to it went to far to see saw it he marvelled that he had not first was before dinner. Then the Lord said to him Now you fibrosis. Make the outside of a cup and this cold and let you in where part is full of greed and we can this fully So once did not he will made outside make the inside also but the water give this for such things down. Indeed all things are clean to you but will be a pharmacist for you die for me and and rule and all manner of herbs and pass by Justice and the love of God this you ought to have done without leaving the church and done. What do you foresee is for you love the best sits in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. What do you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for you are like grapes which are not seen and the man who walked over of them are not aware of them then one of the lawyers uncertain and said to him teacher by saying this things you are promotes us also and said What do you also lawyers for you load men with burdens hard to bear and you yourselves do not touch the bird dance with one of your fingers. What do you have for you build the tombs of the profits and your father's killed them. In fact you bear witness that you approve that it's of your father's birthday in did killed them and you build their tombs. Therefore the wisdom of God also said I will send them prophets and apostles and some of them will kill and persecute that the blood of all the prophets was she had from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation from the blood of a built in the blood of Zechariah less who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes I say to you a child be required of this generation. What do you. Lawyers for YOU HAVE TAKEN AWAY TO TEACH YOU DO NOT ENTER in yourselves and those who are entering and you endured and said these things to them they scribes and Pharisees began to assail him. V him mentally and to cross-examine him about many things lying in wait for him and seeking to cuts in something he might say that they might accuse him. Good job and thank you very much appreciate that. So Jesus was pronouncing woes on the Pharisees you know Jesus some of his harvest enunciations were against hypocrites and that's where the Pharisees were being hypocritical as professing to be one thing and then secretly being another all living a life that is contrary to what you profess to be. And that's what the Pharisees constituted You see their their their religion was a legal let's stick religion. And when we're talking about discipleship we need to keep this in mind because there is a tendency for human beings to to to. To think that their best performance and their best are beating us will merit them something when it comes to eternal life and that's not the case we live in a world that's performance driven and so it's very easy for us to slip into that what we need to be careful of when we're dealing with discipleship here is your salvation. You're standing with God is not determined by those. Why you are being so is things that you do but by your faith in Jesus. Now granted your faith in Jesus will produce one will produce obedience there's no doubt about that loving obedience but to but to be meticulous and to and to be rigid when it comes to the law of God in the in the attempt to please God and to win his approval and to be saved. That last. Is a dangerous platform to stand on a dangerous practice our faith is in Jesus Jesus is the one who saves. No matter how much we have but we cannot save ourselves we must first be transformed by His grace we must first be justified and forgiven and then the Holy Spirit comes in and transforms and changes our lives. It is God that works in us. You see. So the religious leaders of that day had a very legal legal istic view and practice of religion one that says salvation comes by beatings to the law. Let me just ask this for the fun of it can one be saved without obedience. OK good good. We're not saved by keeping the law but you cannot be saved without obedience. If God says his I want you to do this and you know this is the thing to do and you say well you know what I think I know better. I'm not going to do that at this point are not going to do that ever. Can God take with him a heart that is opposed to his will and his his law to heaven. It's going to be very hard for God to do that right. How it must be transformed while we are billions doesn't save us. One cannot be saved without obedience to the revealed and none will of God So here in Luke Chapter eleven. You can compare these verses by the way with Matthew chapter twenty three very stood in the Nuncio nation on the practices of the Pharisees now we need to understand here. Jesus wasn't denouncing the Pharisees he was denouncing their their attitude and their teachings Jesus love the sinner but he hated the sin because it is sin that separates us from God and God Jesus came to bring us into harmony with God and so he was denouncing their practices. This was three my. Before Jesus closed his ministry and there's probably a good reason why Jesus left some of the hardest criticism to the Pharisees just prior to the end of his ministry rather than doing so earlier. This. Gives these woes in the Pharisees hollerin but in Matthew chapter twenty three. He gives them in the outer court in the Temple in Jerusalem. So what is Jesus warning about how is this same principle manifested today and how can we avoid the same mistake that the Pharisees the same mistakes the Pharisees. Got involved in this is this is a joint coal in Luke Chapter eleven this is a joint Cole to avoid superficial religion that. Relies on externals and to embrace true religion that doesn't just look good but has asked God to change the hot or so these are the two things that that we can learn from from Luke Chapter eleven here and these verses these these woes on the Pharisees are joint coal to avoid superficial religion and relying on externals and embracing true religion that says God change my had a grace that works from the inside out. So Jesus talks about cleaning vessels now they want accusing Jesus here of not washing his hands. That was certain ceremonial cleansings that Jesus didn't participate in prior to private eating and so they gave him a hard time but Jesus in verse thirty nine says look you make the outside of the cup and dish clean but you in what part is full of greed and wickedness. Jesus isn't referring necessarily to the habits of the Pharisees in cleaning cups but he's referring to the habits of the Pharisees themselves. They were meticulous in keeping things clean. So Jesus wasn't giving them a hard time about that they cleaned everything from the inside out. But they didn't apply that principle to their own lives. You'll be meticulous in taking that source or that cup and you clean and scrub it on the inside. On the outside and you don't let God work on your hands woe to you. Pharisees they lived to be seen of men but didn't realize that God was looking at their lives their hearts hypocritical motives prompted their outward piety and then in verse forty one Jesus says rather give alms of such things as you have then indeed all things are clean to you. Jesus seems to be suggesting that generosity toward the poor is a far better way of avoiding defilement than scrupulous ceremonial cleansing of the container to keep the food clean. So is encouraging generosity toward the poor that's going to work a whole lot better than meticulously cleaning a dish and then those forty two. He talks about tithing. But what do the Pharisees for you. Todd Minton ruin all manner of herbes and passed by Justice and the love of God These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone. So the Jews the Pharisees in particular woman take you less. Meticulous care to giving and returning a tied. It was a part of the Mosaic law. Leviticus Chapter twenty seven verse thirty Deuteronomy Chapter fourteen those twenty two they would have tied God's people. What a tithe as God's people today are to tide now. Jesus wasn't. Removing the obligation for his people to tie the back then. What Jesus was addressing here is that folk ought to give greater care to the way you treat other people. So you do all these little things you meticulous in your type keeping but then you don't treat anyone really that well you are rude. Noxious. You don't care for the poor in the way those among you and and so you don't don't extend thing that by doing these little things by typing on men and ACIM Koopman that you're right that you're in good standing with God because by their fruits you will on one of them. How do you treat others how do you care for other cities or said you. You need to keep tithing. Keep on tithing. But don't neglect the way the a matters of the law love and justice and mercy and do those things but do these other things. Also you say tithing is an important principle but don't think just because and this is as a good point for us today. Isn't it. We could think that the fact that we tied. Gives us allowance to kind of fudge in some other areas with regard to how we treat other people. Well you know it's like I I tied. It's fine. You know hey you you know you offended me the way you spoke to me I know I did but you know I'm a good time. And it's going to be OK I got on the stance. That we could fall into the trap of being a Pharisee couldn't wait we could very easily look at those fifty two. This is this is stunning. We read this already verse fifty two what we tell you. Lawyers for you have taken away the key of knowledge. You don't end in yourselves and those who are entering in you have hinted the key that opens the door to the knowledge of salvation they've kept to themselves they don't want to share it and handed people religious leaders have made it impossible for the true and hard to find their way to salvation in two areas one in making one in making religion a burden and number two by being a hypocritical example is a possible that we could lock up the kingdom of heaven to somebody else through the same practices. Could it be that God's people could potentially throw away the key of the knowledge of salvation because of we because we make religion a massive burden too big to carry and by hypocritical example we could couldn't way they treated heaven. The Pharisees treated haven't as a club that only the elite could be a part of who is heaven open to to all to all whosoever will whosoever believes on Jesus shall have ever lasting life a wonderful wonderful promise while discipleship. Does indeed involve obeying God's will. We should never think that meticulous R.B.T. and smite secure for us a place in heaven true beauty is comes from a hot. That is being transformed by the grace of God That is true. Discipleship letting God take a hot transformers and lead us on you see and that's very important for us to know let's jump over to Monday's lesson flee Pharisaism and that's at the same time though if a god discipleship is about fearing fearing God fundamental to discipleship is fearing God. In Proverbs Chapter Nine those ten it says the feel of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom the first angels message in Revelation Chapter fourteen says Why fear God give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment is come and worship him to feel a god to fear God in this in these con in this context does not mean to be afraid of him but rather to know that he is holy and to love and reverence and respect him to give him how complete allegiance. So that's where in Luke Chapter twelve let's take a look at some stories here some. Thoughts that Jesus shares. He shares a story in Luke Chapter twelve a sixteen to twenty one. Someone's got that force Luke chapter all the way over here. OK loop Chapter six twelve those the sixteen to twenty one. We're going to come to you in just a moment. Look at looked up to twelve versus four through seven. That is what Jesus says He says I say to you my friends do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do but I will show you whom you should fear fear Him who after he has killed has power to cast into hell yes I say do you fear him. Not five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God But the very HIS of your head all numbered do not fear therefore you are of more value than many sparrows. What Jesus is saying Jesus is talking in hyperbole here which is. Stronger language to make a point what Jesus is saying here. If you are by Christ you might incur the wrath of a man. You might just incur the wrath of the man but by denying Christ you would then incur the wrath of God or in essence the judgment of God on sin but remember that the wrath of man and wrath of God are two different things entirely God's wrath is against what people not to against sin. It's against the enemy of souls you say. And so in other words Jesus is saying it is better to die and know that you will rise again than to die and not rise again that's what he's saying he's saying fear Him who has been is hand the power to determine who will be saved and who will be lost. Ultimately yes we choose and he will honor that choice or God is the one that we ought to feel all reverence respect love by you say so. Jesus is drawing a comparison don't fear someone who can kill your body rather fear and reverence the one who loves you look at look at the following verses we just read them. What about the sparrows who are sold as God forget them. No What about the hair of your head. Some of us guys have a few less hairs that got us to number but God still numbers the hairs on the head doesn't make chili he does. Notice what a says therefore do not love to hear what his chief is talking about fear God but don't fear. Yes Don't fear the one who loves you the one who cares for even the sparrow the one who counts the numbers number of the hairs of your head because he loves you and he wants to save you and redeem you feel him in so much as respect and love him and on to him and give him your allegiance. It is far better far better to fall into the hands of angry men than the hands of. Angry God against sin you say God loves you and he wants you don't fear but fear. Him reverence him love him. Don't be afraid of him to love him looked up to twelve US is a through twelve. Just real quickly let's take a look here. Jesus said. Also I say to you. Whoever confesses me before men him the Son of Man will also confess before the angels of God but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God and if anyone who speaks a word against the Son of man. It will be forgiven him but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities do not worry about how what you should onset or what you say for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very out what you ought to say discipleship according to these verses involves bold confession that Jesus is Lord irrespective of the circumstances even if you're brought before a magistrate Streitz and rule us. You see the promise is given that the Holy Spirit whom we do not push away will give us the words to silence our accusers when we need them the most so he has a terrific incentive to not throw in the towel. When the going gets tough God promises the presence of the of the Holy Spirit who gives us words he gives us wisdom and gives us cards and strength at the at those very important moments which up to twelve those of sixteen to twenty one and he speak a parable into them saying the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentiful and he thought within himself saying What shall I do because I have no room where to bestow my fruits and he said this will I do I will pull down my barns and build greater and there will I will still all my fruits and my goods and I will say to my soul soul that has much goods laid up for many years. Take the nice eat drink and be merry. But God said to him that fool this night by soul shall be required of the THEN WHO SHALL those things be which thou has provided. So is he that Lay It's a treasure for himself and is not rich for God Thank you. Very much. So the rich man had a problem. You know what problem he had was he had an eye problem didn't he had a big problem. There's no doubt about it he thought everything revolved around him. Covetousness Yes Angry were his problem. Now if you know it's good for you to know the difference between hoarding and saving isn't it. Is there a difference between holding incitement. That certainly is what was the rich man doing here. He was holding for the sake of a lot of hoarding to save is to say for emergencies and for those things that are needed. You see in life and that's. God invites us to be generous but he had this rich man was was grasping was greedy covetousness was his problem true discipleship involves putting the kingdom of God first and not living for the present. That's the lesson here that we can learn from the words of Jesus. You know the blessings of giving and not holding a scene in many people's lives. You may have experienced such a self you went from being selfish in grasping to being quite a giving person and you have experienced blessing after blessing you. Your cold John D. Rockefeller by the time time was fifty three according to his story his life was an absolute wreck. He just thought about his business and accumulating more and everything worried him and perplexed him and troubled him there was no humor there and there was no balance it was no join his life and then a transformation occurred he determined to be a give a rather than accumulate that he began to give away his millions. You see and by the time he actually lived to be about ninety eight fifty three. He was destined to die very soon but because he had to change a hot and began began to give he lived longer. And apparently lived pretty happy those years you see and realized that success was not in gaining but in giving not in accumulating body and sharing and so discipleship involves putting the kingdom of God. First and not necessarily living for the present putting all of our trust and our wealth and everything into the into the now but investing in the things of in of eternity. Let's go to choose those lesson. Let's go to Luke Chapter twelve. Thirty five and through verse forty Christian discipleship. Is not a state of ease Christians it's Christian discipleship is not a state of these especially when we give consideration to the hour in which we live. Luke records the words of Jesus in Luke Chapter twelve versus thirty five to fifty three and by the way they're comparable to Matthew's account in Matthew twenty four and twenty five these words deal with the issue of waiting for the return of Christ and interestingly enough here in Luke Chapter twelve this is the first time in Jesus' ministry that he publicly addresses his return as the first time he does that. So let's take a look at Luke Chapter twelve versus thirty five to forty and if someone has verses forty two to forty eight who has that right over here. OK we'll come to you in just a moment. So we're right looking at Luke Chapter twelve us thirty five to forty and it says Let your waist or your loins your waist be girded and your lamps burning and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master when he shall return from the wedding that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those who servants whom the master when he comes shall find while watching assuredly I say to you that he will good himself and have them sit down to eat and will come and serve them and it and if he should come in the second watch or come in the third watch no second watch as nine to midnight. The third watch is midnight to about three in the morning if he comes at those late hours and finds them so blessed said Odd those servants. What are they blessed for all that what they're doing what they're watching while they are waiting you say that's very important to continue reading and so the. But know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come he would have watched and not all allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect it wasn't too long ago that Al. He had his car stolen and he got back was a blessing was answer to prayer as cars stolen. Now if I use past I'd know in that car was going to be stolen at a particular hour of the morning. Do you think he would have been prepared and watching and waiting for that to happen. Surely. Yeah absolutely. No one's going to be staying up all night to watch the goods as no one's encouraging that. But Jesus point is if you know that a thief is going to come in and break in and still something from you and you know that you're going to be ready. You're going to be watching you going to be waving and ready with your baseball bat. Well something you're going to be waiting there to be watching. So Jesus addresses addressing here the idea of watching while waiting for the Lord's return because we don't know the hour that he's going to return the watching involves being aware of our own spiritual condition Psalms one thirty nine twenty three twenty four. Search me oh God know my heart. Try me know my thoughts see if there be any We can weigh in me and leave me in the way of a lasting. So that's what the watching involves our own spiritual condition and ensuring that our calling election A Sure. It also involves knowing the times. Knowing the times knowing the hour which we live while we cannot know the exact day and hour we can know that Jesus coming is what is certain. Is very near That's exactly right. We can know that is coming is MIA. Luke Chapter twelve versus forty two through forty eight Jesus next addresses the need to be busy working and the Lord said. Len is that faithful and wise steward only his master will make ruler over his household to give them their portion of food in due season. Lecithin that servant whom his master will find so doing. When he comes. Truly I say to you that he will make him a ruler over all that he has but if that servant says in his heart my master is delaying his coming and begins to beat the male and female servants and to eat and drink and be drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and in an hour when he is not aware and he will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers and that servant who knew his master's well and did not prepare himself or do according to His will. Shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know yet committed things deserving of stripes shall be beaten with you. For every one to whom much is given from him much will be required and to him much has been committed of him. They will ask the more. Thank you very much. These are very strong words Jesus is inviting us to not just watch and to white but also to work to work for the salvation of of souls a lack of interest in this area my indicate that we believe Jesus is delaying his coming. That's what Jesus is saying here we have no desire to know about us and reaching of us for the kingdom may be with thinking that Jesus is coming isn't so soon. The difference. This is this is different however from denying his coming but those who have great allied and more will be required of them. That's what Jesus says the only way to shake off any lethargy we might be experiencing is to spend quality time in the presence of Jesus the one who loves of us and pride that that spirit rubs off on us as well. Right. So anyway that that lethargy can be shaken off so discipleship involves being prepared being watchful waiting and working for the salvation of others while we're anticipating the return of Jesus. Let's go to Wednesday now let's talk about being a fruitful witness following on with that thought. Luke in the book of Acts records the words of Jesus. You accept the one verse eight you shall be my witnesses he said that just after he said that the Holy Spirit will come upon you you will be my witnesses all those who will confirm those things that they have seen or heard and experienced to others. That's what being a witness is confirming what you've seen heard experienced to others. Luke uses the word witness thirteen times in the book of Acts and Jesus' final commission in Matthew chapter twenty eight verses eighteen to twenty underscores the imperative that to present God to represent God and to testify of his saving grace to wall. What is the commission of the church to go and make disciples now theme here this year is each one who will reach one we're praying with a lot who is it can you use me to be a blessing to someone to lead someone to the foot of the cross to lead them to your truth you say well let's look at a couple of couple of instances here in Luke chapter. Eight. Someone's got to Chapter eighteen verses twenty four thirty right here Mike. OK I was wondering when we were going to get to you. OK let's have a thing versus twenty four thirty. But let's look at Luke Chapter eight first verses four through fifteen the chapter verses four three fifteen there's so many stories here that are presented and we don't have time to look at the mall and thoughts and experiences here in Chapter eight verses followthrough fifteen essentially Jesus is sharing the parable of the sower that went out to sow good seed some fell by the wayside in verse five it was trampled down because of the head about it. The sick some fell on rocks it soon sprang up with it away because it lacked moisture first seven some fell among thorns the phone. Sprang up with it and choked it per se but others fell on good ground spring up and you'll get a crop one hundred fold verse eleven tells us the and on gives us the. The explanation of the parable the word or the say that was sown was the Word of God and those that were receiving the word responded in four different ways. So there are three lessons we can learn from this parable number one God desires his word to be shed. I meant truly Number two we cannot produce life only God can do that we do share the word God's power. Active power regenerates lives and hearts and number three we're not responsible for the top of response given to the word that we share. We are only required to do a loving God that's not just a cost in the seed and say hey God bless you take it or leave it mentality. But we're not responsible for the response. God does works in the person's life in that area. OK so we had to share God's word looked up to eighteen verses twenty four to thirty thanks much. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful he said. How hard is it for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God and those who heard it said Who then can be saved but he said the things which are impossible with men are possible with God Then Peter said See we have left all that followed you all and followed you. So he said to them as surely I say to you. There is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God who shall not receive many times more in the present time and in the age to come eternal life. Thank you very much. Now Matthew adds the words in Matthew Chapter nineteen verse thirty but many first shall be last and then he goes on to share the Powerball of the eleventh hour work and you remember that that story folk came they were hired by this individual that agree to a certain amount and then he kept hiring people throughout the day and then there were people who came one hour prior to quitting time and that would pay the same amount of those as those had been working all day long and Jesus had a point in that parable the reward we receive what is the reward we receive for serving Jesus says rewards as rewards for serving Jesus surely we risk. The blessings. Handed this life which is the blessings of Christian fellowship and in the more exception. Except exceptional satisfaction of Christian service. Paul writes that he had nothing but yet he possessed all things both the temporal and the eternal reward and this is the lesson Jesus is driving at. That God bestows is given not because of what we have done or how much we put in but because of his grace. It's a reward that is reckoned by grace and this is the story of the eleventh hour work on what Jesus is sharing here truly they'll be a reward but the first shall be last. Be careful of our motivation for service here became a fool as to why you are doing the things that you are doing so. Jesus invites us to serve and with encouragement that there are blessings and promises of reward and then Luke Chapter nineteen we want to look at that. But here you have a similar parable to that of Matthew chapter twenty four twenty five. This is fourteen to thirty the parable of the Talents. Here is the parable of the Mynah or a pound or a hundred drachmas one hundred drachma is one piece of silver so you can imagine how how costly one hundred drachmas a minor the the teaching is the parable teaches that Christians have a God given responsibility in investing their time their talents and their treasures in the service of God The master left for a faraway country gave certain things minus to his to his workers. He says I can't want you to invest. He came back couple had one had not and that one received punishment and so it's imperative that God's people recognize their gifts the spiritual gifts of his that he's given them and then to invest those gifts talents the their treasures their resources that time in God's service that's what the parable of the talents the parable of the Mynah teach us to be sure that we. Serving God with all of our hearts. Let's go to Thursday's lesson as we close our study together. Luke Chapter twenty four verses twelve Luke Chapter twenty two rather verses twenty four to twenty seven. Let me read that for you. Luke Chapter twenty two verses twenty four to twenty seven. Jesus says. Now there were also was also a dispute among them as to which of them should be considered the greatest and he said to them the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them and those who exercise authority over them a cold benefactors. But not so among you on the contrary. He who is greatest among you let him be as the younger and he who governs as he who serves for who is greater. He who sits at the table or he you serves is it not he who sits at the table yet I am among you as the one who serves but you are those who have who have continued with me in my trials and Jesus goes on to talk a little bit more about the upcoming trial that he has to enjoy. And you can compare these verses with Matthew chapter twenty verses twenty five to twenty eight while there is a direct answer. While there is direct instruction in these verses given in these verses to the leaders of the church there is also instruction for each of us with regard to how we view and how we treat one another in al associations here in God's. House in his church. So Jesus says lordship don't lord it over others. The earthly monarchs they lord it over others with with authority and with power. There are three kingdoms function on the basis of power but he says it is not to be so among you men in positions of authority tend to lord it over those under them. But in the church power position talent and education to be devoted exclude. To serving others not to be used as a levers to dominate others. And that's the that's the type of authority that Jesus is expressing in these verses in Jesus. We see the example of true servant leadership. Jesus said in Matthew twenty verse twenty eight just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many so called for leaders to be servant leaders and if your ministry literal leader in your home. God is calling you to be a servant leader. You can read John Chapter thirteen is a magic someone's got Romans twelve those ten he's got that right. OK We're going to come right to you in just a moment John thirteen thirteen three sixteen Jesus. Says you call me teacher and Lord and you say well if I then your Lord and teacher have washed your fate. You also ought to wash one another's faith for I've given an example that you should follow in my steps. So here is Jesus lord and master and yet what is he doing serving serving you say his power his position his talents his education with funneled exclusively towards serving others. You see now it's important to recognize in this discussion that in Jesus' teaching about servant leadership. Jesus doesn't obliterate Gospel order and roles in the church. His teaching is not about whether or not this should be latest because that's that's a given but rather his teachings address what the characteristics of true. Christ centered leadership looks like it is assured. And that there is authority and corresponding submission even in the church but this authority is Christ driven and Christ given Rather and his love driven and if Asians chapter five pole delineates and order in the home that asks for the husband to be the spiritual leader of the home just as Christ leads his church. This is not a call to blind submission on the part of the wife or mother or so vial of billions but voluntary loving support to the to the husband that is fueled by the husband who continually heaps continue. On a upon his wife and then a first Timothy chapter three verse four and five poll writing about the qualifications of an elder in the church family. The loving leadership given in the home by the father to that given in the church by the older and first as one through three. Peter writes of elders being one of us and encourages them to do so not as lords but as examples. And so Jesus is not obliterated Gospel order authority and submission not a role but what he is in cut what he is teaching here is the characteristics of church true servant leadership one to another with brotherly love one another as you very much so submission and humility and on and subjection are essential characteristics of the US to give preference to one another as instructed by the law to talk about with come to the end of our time to be a Christian. In summary means to be Christ like is not right. Truly to be a disciple of Jesus means to follow him and by Him His will completely and wholeheartedly to him fully because if he were not his. So once you continue to abide in his word. So that you might be his disciples and thank you for joining us. God bless you and don't forget to offer a number to one five to three front of that five seven sixty five eleven so glad you trained him and joined us today. Yes sure.

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